Without a doubt, Wellington is an insta-worthy heaven. Recently voted as one of the top places to live and work in the world, the city has so much to offer.The compact nature of the city means you have the ability to walk anywhere. One minute, you can be in the hustle and bustle of the city and the next out on the peaceful waterfront.
There really is a lot that makes this city the culture capital of New Zealand. Read on to discover 10 activities you must get involved within the city that offer the fantastic opportunity to capture your next quality post.
The Little Waffle Shop
In the heart of Courtney Place lies the cutest little waffle shop. The Waffle Shop has become an obsession in the eyes of locals and visitors alike. Including flavors such as Snickers to “Berrylicious,” their menu will have you wanting to try them all. There’s something for everyone that will make you want to keep going back for more. Be sure to follow them on social media to keep up to date with the Waffle of the Week. A new flavor released every week and is guaranteed to hit the sweet tooth!
Sunset Harbour Cruise
East by West Ferries have a fantastic trip that will give you amazing views of the Wellington harbour and city skyline. The ferry connects Queens Wharf and days bay meaning you’ll venture out far enough to really get an appreciation of this marvellous city. Take this cruise around sunset to give you stunning views as the lights of the city begin to shine.
Walking up Mount Victoria is a must-do when visiting Wellington. Get your cameras ready! At 196m above the city, the lookout will give you spectacular panoramic views of the city. On a good day, you can expect to see the full expanse of the region from Zealandia to Upper Hutt. If you don’t feel like making the trek, the number 20 bus will conveniently take you up to the summit.
Library is the cocktail bar in Wellington you do not want to miss. Hidden away above the bustling Courtney Place, it certainly has a feel of exclusivity. Bookcases surround the walls and the comfortable seating arrangements are super cosy and relaxing. The lounge bar often has live music and the menu is complete with all your cocktail and food needs. Be sure to head there on Wednesdays for 2 for 1 cocktails!
Wellington Night Market
Every Friday night, the Left Bank of Cuba Street comes alive with culture and great cuisine! With a variety of food stalls and live entertainment, this night market is perfect for immersing yourself in Wellington’s finest. Bring the whole family and enjoy this must do event.
Even in the winter, this walk will offer you fantastic views of the city skyline and Oriental Bay – Wellington’s most popular beach.
Mount Vic Chippery is conveniently near the parade, making it perfect to grab fish and chips to eat on the waterfront. Be sure to try the curly fries!
In the heart of Wellington lies the iconic Cuba Street, guaranteed to offer you a combination of culture and quality shopping. With multiple boutiques, cafes and entertainment options, this street really showcases Wellington as the culture capital of the country. Be sure to see Wellington’s iconic bucket fountain at the heart of the street – just make sure to avoid the splash!
DO NOT leave Wellington without a trip on the cable car. As New Zealand’s only public running cable car, this activity is highly popular with visitors and locals alike. As you travel up the line, you will be treated with beautiful views of the city. At the top, you will be at the entrance to the Botanical Gardens, which is well worth a leisurely walk through. At the end of the walk, you’ll conveniently end up nearby Parliament, another must-see!
This nature reserve is not only picturesque but is pinnacle to New Zealand’s conservation efforts. A volunteer can take you on a free personalized tour around the variety of outdoor walks through beautiful native bush. You’ll learn about the conservation efforts that have allowed once endangered species, such as the Tui and Kaka birds to now thrive. For an extra special experience, venture on the Zealandia By Night tour. You may even get a chance to see the Kiwi bird in its natural habitat!
Without a doubt, Wellington is the craft beer capital of New Zealand. The Garage Project offers you a superb opportunity to taste the latest brews of the region. There is a rich culture within the place and you really get an understanding of the art of crafting a unique and quality beer. Definitely worth a visit!
So there you have it! Wellington has so much to offer, from culture to cuisine. Be sure to add Wellington to your next NZ Vacations itinerary. There are simply too many activities to get involved with to miss out on this opportunity.